A project for a Walgreens

The company and the warehouse

Walgreens is a national chain of drugstores, selling both pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and sundries.

Concerns of Walgreens

Most Walgreens DCs coordinate their split-case order-pickers by bucket brigades. This has worked well for them and they report productivity boosts of 10-100 percent (although the higher end of these estimates may be questionable). They would like to use bucket brigades at the Anderson DC as well, but the design of this DC interferes with typical bucket-brigade operations.

Walgreens has also expressed interest in some related issues.


This will have been distributed to group leaders on CD.

Here is a more recent snapshot of picks on which you can test some of your ideas; and here is the cross-reference between picker log-on and the picker id.

First steps